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Do Mexican Drug Cartels Pose a Serious Threat to American Security?: Left of Center View

Do Mexican drug cartels pose a serious threat to American security? Hell yes they do! The war between the various factions has already spilled over into major American cities, such as Phoenix, San Diego and Los Angeles. There have been a rash of executions and kidnappings in these areas, as well as in other border states such as New Mexico and Texas, all of which have been directly tied to the various cartels.

While it is true that in the past couple of years the cartels have moved more prominently into human trafficking, their organization and fire-power make this much more than just an immigration issue. These are well formed military organizations that carry out covert and hostile operations on U.S. soil. To expect our existing border patrol to deal with the situation is to encourage failure. This is a direct threat to our national security and as such warrants the deployment of U.S. military forces.

Another shortfall in the previous administration, the U.S. finds itself overextended militarily. We simply cannot find the troops needed to wage a successful campaign in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Even as troops in Iraq are relieved, there are still other hot-spots in the world that desperately need those "boots-on-the ground". But as we wage war overseas to protect our (and by our, it should be understood that we mean Corporate America) interests, we are ill equipped to defend our home borders.

Corporate America is an embarrassment. The Aristocrats of Industry simply can't control their greed. They know we're all watching, and still they insist on throwing themselves lavish parties and then giving themselves huge bonuses to attend said parties. Look, with the economy the way it is, do we really need a six figure retention bonus. Most folks are just happy to have a job. We don't need to double their salary to get them to agree to keep it. These are the people with their own armies or at the very least intricate security systems in place to protect them. They feel not just privileged but safe, from surreal things like cartel violence.

But the violence is real. The threat is real. Left unchecked it will spread. There is already some indication that cartel related incidents are occurring in the American Heartland. Anywhere that there is a demand for cocaine and its off-shoots, there is also the potential for violence, often at the hands or order of the various Mexican cartels. So while terrorism is a wonderful political motivator it simply does not pose the same threat as this ongoing war.


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Do Mexican Drug Cartels Pose a Serious Threat to American Security?: Right of Center View

Make no mistake, America is under siege. The open borders, pro-illegal immigrant, liberal left wingers have left our butts hanging out in the breeze and the Mexican drug cartels are taking aim to take us out. By us I mean law abiding, patriotic Americans who feel like the rule of law means something. Last year the drug cartels in Mexico committed over 6,000 murders. The members of these cartels are ruthless, bloodthirsty animals and should be taken out and shot like the subhuman dogs they are.

The Mexican government is incapable or unwilling to rein them in and now they are coming into America to spread their poisons and terrorize our streets. Unfortunately, our current President has positioned himself on the side of the illegal aliens and is telling the people at Homeland Security to back off on immigration enforcement. ICE raids are no longer acceptable and whenever Mexico hints at any kind of trade reduction he tells Congress to find a way to kowtow to their demands so we don’t anger the Mexican government. Well, so much for the tough talk on NAFTA. First he folds for Canada and now for Mexico. I guess we’re looking at four years of being the stepchild of North America because our President has no spine.

The truly scary thing is that these drug cartels south of the border are basically running things down there. With our government unwilling to even impose reasonable inspection requirements for incoming shipping containers they have the perfect opportunity to come north and set up shop. We’re not going to arrest them for coming into the country, we’re not going to disrupt their Mexican trucker supply lines and apparently we’re not going to take them on in the border towns along our borders where they are killing people every day. The Obama administration has decided that we are just going to lie down and take it.

I for one am mad as hell about it. We need to have every vehicle coming into this country inspected, we need to enforce workplace immigration laws, we need to take on the cartels with our military if necessary and we need to stamp out the cancer of illegal drugs in our streets. No more six months in county jail and back on the street, we need stiff penalties for dealing drugs and to make importing them a capital crime. If the Democrats don’t have the stomach or the balls to do the job we need to vote them out ASAP.

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A Legal Immigrant’s Perspective

If you are not a Native American, you are an immigrant, so am I. I came legally to this country at the age of five with my parents who worked hard, paid taxes (even Jesus paid taxes), lived by the rules of this great nation and never took or accepted a penny from the government. We came seeking FREEDOM from a communist country. It was months before we were able to enter the US legally. I remember us getting medical exams, shots (small pox), background check, references, and going through numerous interviews once we arrived. I also remembered people coming to the US from all over the world who waited years since it was based on "Quotas". Read more...

Solving Our Immigration Problem

The major problem our country is facing with illegal immigrants today is because of the exploitation of these immigrants. We believe the solution to this problem is two-fold. First, we should allow more immigrants in this country to cut down on the number of illegal ones. Second, all immigrants should be educated about their rights at the expense of the government. Below, you will find an in-depth look at our suggested reforms.

Reforms for immigration limitations:

-New immigrants can't equal more than 1% of the US population in a given year (the population being from the last recorded census). That 1% will be further divided up to allow only a certain number of immigrants each month.
-Each country of origin for immigrants will be allowed a certain percentage of that 1%. No country could receive more than 10% of the total amount and no country can receive less than .1% of it. The left over percentage will be divided up between all countries as follows: Read more...

Do Elements Within the La Raza Movement Pose a Threat to America?

La Raza means literally “The Race” in Spanish. The movement was formed in 1968 to promote the interests of the Mexican-American community. Like the NAACP and other affirmative-action minded organizations, La Raza has many members that are interested in being part of America and promoting equality for all Americans. The fundamental goals as stated by the movement are benign and represent the ideals of American diversity and cultural pride.

There is another movement affiliated with La Raza that has historically been more militant and still maintains documents within their organization that point to isolationistic views Read More

A Plan

The one major thing that seems to be lacking in the immigration debate is a real plan that addresses the legitimate concerns with illegal immigration. There are strong opinions on both sides and a lot of rhetoric but there isn’t really any solid plan being promoted to address the illegal immigration issue in a way that is both fair and logical.

So, that being said here is my idea:Read More

Trucking Cross Borders

This is mainly a concern for the trucking business. If we allow these people to come into our country, bringing cargo that we in America have, and can supply, then we are saying that the American working people are not needed, and have lost all say to legally enforced DOT (Department of Transportation) laws.Read More



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